With all the build-up, I just knew Halloween was going to be so exciting. And it did not disappoint! The kids had a pretty wild day at school, and got home to find Ahh in town to visit for the holiday/birthday weekend. Then Audra came over to trick or treat with us, Daddy got home early, Charlie got "black things" under his eyes and shoulder pads in his uniform, Evie got "ponies," and by that point, excitement was sky high. Charlie was still a bit unsure if trick or treating was going to be quite as fun as trunk or treating, but he was willing to give it a try. First, obligatory costume photos. Some of our friends were already coming over to trick or treat at this point already, so getting the kids to sit still was almost impossible...hence the Halloween candy bribe they are each holding. :)
It was impossible to get their attention.
Johnny Football took the whole thing quite seriously.
Evie was super excited about her glow bracelets, but they didn't stay on her tiny wrists so well. I must have heard a loud, panicked, "my bwacelet!" about 20 times. Good thing they were glow-in-the-dark!
I think the #2 on his jersey was one of the highlights of the evening for him. :)
Trying to convince this girl to only take one piece of candy per house was not the easiest feat, but we eventually prevailed (after her bag got heavy enough to satisfy her). Here she is double-fisting her candy already.
It was a perfectly cool, gorgeous evening--the best Halloween weather I can imagine!
Neither of the kids were nervous at all about walking up to strangers' houses. Just a guess, but it might have had something to do with all the free candy. ;)
Walking around became more and more treacherous as it got dark because our neighborhood doesn't have a ton of streetlights. Luckily, most of the streets in the area were closed to traffic, so that eased my mind a bit, as Charlie was pretty bad about darting across the street if he saw a particularly spooky house. At one point, as it was getting very dark, we started crossing a street and I heard a loud "caaaan't see!" out of Evie. Something about the way she says this is so funny, and it has become one of our favorite expressions because she uses it so often (anytime it is dark or she is trying to find something hard to see, like the camouflaged tree frog in one of our books :).
The little Texas fans were thrilled to find a friendly skeleton. We learned there are a lot of Aggies in our neighborhood!
After covering several blocks, we headed back to the house to hand out candy. This was just as fun as the trick or treating, especially for Charlie. Mr. Hospitable loved seeing everyone in their costumes and kept running out to recruit people to come get candy from our house. Evie, on the other hand, was a little more unsure. Even though we made every effort to show her that her bag of candy was safe, she panicked every time we handed candy to someone. At one point, she was growling/yelling "no!" at some trick or treaters and had 12-year-old boys backing away and saying, "it's ok, we really don't need any more candy." Apparently, our feisty little 2-year-old is just as spooky as a haunted house!
Sitting with Auga, fending off those nasty trick-or-treaters. If you come to our house, beware!
Charlie, trying to be much more welcoming.
Johnny Football and our neighbor, Nico the Ninja, had so much fun staying up late and playing.
I think this photo was taken at 9:30 or 10:00, when he was still hoping for more trick-or-treaters. We could not pull him inside!
Happy Halloween! We were so sad to see the "spookies" go away after it was all over. :(